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LSM-253


Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal


LSM-1 Class Landing Ship Medium:
  • Laid down (date unknown) at Federal Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Newark, N.J.
  • Launched (date unknown)
  • Commissioned USS LSM-253, 9 May 1944, LT. Taylor W. Gray, USNR in command
  • During WWII LSM-253 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the:
  • Decommissioned, 23 June 1947
  • Struck from the Naval Register (date unknown)
  • Final Disposition, sold, 23 December 1947, to Foss Launch & Tug Co., Seattle, WA., fate unknown.
  • LSM-253 earned one battle star for World War II service
    Specifications:
    Displacement 520 t.(light), 743 t. (landing) 1,095 t.(fully loaded)
    Length 203' 6" oa
    Beam 34' 6"
    Draft light, 3' 6" forward, 7' 8" aft, fully loaded, 6' 4" forward, 8' 3" aft
    Speed 13.2 kts. (max.), (928 tons displacement)
    Complement 5 officers, 54 enlisted
    Armament one single bow mounted 40mm gun, four single 20mm gun mounts
    Vehicle/Boat Capacity 5 medium or 3 heavy tanks, or 6 LVT's, or 9 DUKW's
    Troop Capacity 2 officers, 46 enlisted
    Armor 10-lb. STS splinter shield to gun mounts, pilot house and conning station
    Propulsion two Fairbanks Morse (model 38D81/8X10, reversible with hydraulic clutch) diesels. Direct drive with 1,440 BHP each @ 720rpm, twin screws
    Endurance 4,900 miles @ 12kts.(928 tons displacement)
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    LSM-253 63k LSM-253 underway, 8 May 1944, builder's completion photo, Federal Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Fort Newark, NJ. USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-253 71k LSM-253 underway, 8 May 1944, builder's completion photo, Federal Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Fort Newark, NJ. USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-253 23k LSM-253 underway, date and place unknown. Russ Padden
    LSM-253 63k LSM-253 underway, date and place unknown. USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-253 77k LSM-253 underway, date and place unknown.
    USNI photo
    USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-253 40k LSM-253 underway, date and place unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.

    The DANFS history extract for LSM-253 is from LSM-LSMR Amphibious Forces, Vol. II. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, © 1997. (ISBN 1-56311-389-9).
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
    Fleet Reserve Association

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